LOUISVILLE – Jose de Jesus Ornelas-Rodriguez, of Bullitt County, pled guilty on March 24, 2009, to charges of illegally re-entering the United States, Acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.
Ornelas-Rodriguez, an alien and citizen of Mexico, pled guilty and admitted that on or about Oct. 23, 2008, he was found in the United States, after having been previously deported from the United States, and did not have the consent to apply for re-entry into the United States.
The underlying criminal complaint that was filed in this case reveals that on or about Oct. 23, 2008, he was interviewed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and admitted that he had entered the United States illegally after having been previously deported from the United States to Mexico.
A fingerprint scan revealed a previous deportation on June 13, 2003, after a conviction for Possession of Cocaine in Harrison County, Ind. He recently was convicted of this same offense of illegal re-entry after deportation on Aug. 7, 2006, in the Southern District of Texas and received a 10-month sentence.
The maximum potential penalties are 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of no more than 3 years. Ornelas-Rodriguez will be subject to deportation to Mexico upon serving his sentence in this case.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Ornelas-Rodriguez is scheduled to be was sentenced before Charles R. Simpson, III, United States District Judge on June 1, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.